There is a, probably wounded, pigeon (common rock pigeon) in my balcony. It is dark right now and thus, I have very little idea about its condition. But it seems it is finding it difficult to fly/move its wings because when I approached the balcony door, it 'walked' towards the farther end of the balcony while flapping its wings very slowly.

What is the right way to handle the bird and what is the best thing I can do for him/her?

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If you have a cat carrier then trying to intice it inside with some food would be a good idea. Try to contact your local wildlife vet for information on whether they would be willing to treat the animal. If you think it may be injured then I wouldn't reccomened handling the bird as you may hurt it further, but if you do need to then handle it by placing both hands over the wings in order to pick it up (https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/injured-and-baby-birds/if-you-find-an-injured-bird/) . In addition the bird could have gotten used to its injury and learned to live with it so you could monitor it for a bit and see how it's getting on. Hope it turns out alright. If you live in the UK here is some advice from the RSPB: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/injured-and-baby-birds/sick-and-injured-birds-faqs/#:~:text=For%20most%20injured%20birds%2C%20place,how%20you%20can%20help%20it.

  • $\begingroup$ Well, I don't have a cat carrier. Will it be wise to let it remain there till the morning? $\endgroup$
    – Shivam
    Commented Dec 15, 2020 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ It'd be a good idea to wait until the morning to see how the bird is doing. If it's still in bad condition then I'd advise calling a wildlife vet, otherwise the animal will likely get used to its injury or, unfortunately, pass away $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 15, 2020 at 22:37
  • $\begingroup$ When I checked in the morning, it had already flown away. Thank you for your help:) $\endgroup$
    – Shivam
    Commented Dec 16, 2020 at 4:57
  • $\begingroup$ I hope it'll be alright. No problem! $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 16, 2020 at 23:22

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